The New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond

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Abstract

This chapter both outlines the foundations of the New Coastal History and scopes out new routes within this cross-disciplinary space. It brings in insular and non-insular research as well as historiographical evidence before sharpening the focus to adjacent, proximate coasts - the pasts of a range of straits, sounds, channels, gulfs, bays, estuaries, firths and fjords being covered - highlighting that such environments have been ‘hubs’ as well as ‘chokepoints’. The next section explores how waterborne communications have knitted together such communities as much as lack of landed contiguity has separated them. The final section outlines the volume’s genesis on a littoral in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and introduces the contributions that follow.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntroducing the New Coastal History:
Subtitle of host publicationCultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond
EditorsDavid Worthington
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages3-30
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783319640907
ISBN (Print)9783319640891
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Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

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Worthington, D. (2017). The New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond. In D. Worthington (Ed.), Introducing the New Coastal History: : Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond (pp. 3-30). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64090-7_1